Urban Designer
Kāinga Ora
3d ago
  • Join our internationally recognised design team, with the largest urban design remit in NZ
  • Enjoy the perfect blend of diverse, impactful work and fantastic culture
  • Competitive salary plus 5 weeks' annual leave, insurances and flexible working (full or part time)
  • Mō mātou - Our Organisation

    At Kāinga Ora, ours is the important responsibility of transforming New Zealand's housing choices, outcomes and the entire housing sector by creating homes and communities that allow New Zealanders to thrive.

    What is exciting about working for Kāinga Ora is getting the chance to make a real and positive impact on New Zealanders' lives.

    With skills, planning and purposeful action, our people are creating the homes and neighbourhoods that will build Aotearoa's future.

    We are passionate about transforming New Zealand for the better. That includes being a trusted partner for Māori and iwi, protecting and enabling their rights, interests and aspirations under the guidance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

    Our Urban Planning and Design group provides strategic leadership on urban planning, provides best practice urban design and planning advice, leads the management of Kāinga Ora's large scale strategic partnerships and works closely with place based groups, iwi, local and central government agencies and the private sector to facilitate urban development opportunities.

    Ko tā mātou mahi Our Role

    As part of our exciting growth we are now looking to welcome graduate and intermediate level Urban Designers to be based in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

    As an Urban Designer you will provide urban design advice and support for the delivery of all aspects of Kāinga Ora's work that involve an urban design component.

    You will work collaboratively in project groups and delivery teams across the organisation to ensure quality urban design outcomes are achieved in all Kāinga Ora's developments.

    Day-to-day a key focus of your role will be the preparation of spatial feasibility studies and design briefs, and the production and implementation of masterplans.

    Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu - What you will bring

    Whether you already have a few years' experience as an urban designer, or are just starting out in your career, in addition to your qualification in Urban Design, Architecture or Urban Planning (or current study towards an urban design qualification), as our ideal candidate for this exciting role you will bring intrinsic motivation, positivity, design talent and a keen desire to learn.

    You will also demonstrate :

  • Strong research, evaluation and technical writing skills
  • Experience in the preparation of graphic material (quick hand-sketches, concept drawings, plans etc)
  • Sound computer literacy in a Microsoft Windows environment, with good skills in other relevant software such as AutoCAD, SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Excellent organisational skills - able to prioritise and schedule work to meet deadlines and maintain quality
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • A passion for working to create "sustainable, well-functioning urban environments".
  • Nōu te rourou - What's in it for you?

    The Urban Design role represents a unique opportunity to gain exposure to a wide variety of hugely exciting and important projects that are ground-breaking in New Zealand.

    You will be a valued member of a talented team of like-minded experts who are absolutely passionate about the work they are doing.

    We offer competitive salaries, five weeks' annual leave and a benefits package including a range of insurances, flexible working arrangements and career development.

    These benefits are described in more detail here .

    As a Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities employee, we want to make sure that you have all the tools and support you need.

    We want to ensure you are healthy and have work-life balance. We also want to support and grow your personal and career development through on-the-job learning, training courses, secondments and study opportunities.

    Ō Tātou Uara - Our Values

    Our values were developed by us, for us. They unite us as an organisation and guide how we work every day. Our values are :

  • Manaakitanga - People at the Heart
  • Mahi Tahi - Better Together
  • Whanake - Be Bold
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